Bernard House Rental Photos and Description
Sleeps 8 -10
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read this before you visit our web site for complete details about our unique Rental property and Landmark Lighthouse.
We are fully booked for our peak season; the entire months of July and August with returning guests from 2013 and previous years. We are again accepting bookings for September 2014 and the three remaining weeks in October, 2014.
As we anticipated we have had another very successful season. The Fall months are wonderful in Maine with gorgeous foliage colors, usually quiet traffic and delightful weather. Also, our post-season rates are lower to accommodate less expensive vacationing. We do urge you to book early for the week (s) of your choice and we are also offering a 5% discount for two week bookings and a 10% discount for a monthly booking if available. Right now the entire month of September is still available.
Our Lighthouse has easy direct access from the street even though it is on the shore of Bass Harbor. It is not for sale and is not open to the public. It is included for your use as part of the rental of our oceanfront home on the Quiet Side of Mt. Desert. Now, enjoy a tour of our Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse. We look forward to hearing from you.
PLEASE READ ON FOR AN OVER VIEW OF MY PROPERTY.
You can vacation in Maine's landmark Lighthouse & live in its adjacent charming oceanfront country home on Mt. Desert in the quaint fishing village of Bernard. Available July thru October. This is the location of the Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse and is one of the most unique rental properties in Maine, known for its famous lobster buoy wall. Perfect for rest, relaxation and entertaining, just a few steps across the road is the meticulously renovated Homestead which has a maximum capacity of 10. It features four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a host of comfort and convenient amenities, including three living rooms, exquisitely furnished with crafts and antiques It's actually two houses in one providing ultimate privacy for shared rentals. A professionally maintained cutting flower garden and Zen garden complement the exterior furnished porches.
The Lighthouse: The Lighthouse is the only private Lighthouse in Maine, has achieved national attention for its famous lobster buoy wall, inclusion in the film, Cider House Rules and known as the Lighthouse Wedding Chapel. The view is utterly fantastic as you can almost touch the 65 lobster boats in your sight in Bass Harbor, one of nine major working harbors in Maine. It's a perfect place for rest, relaxation and entertaining family and friends. Enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine and you are literally in the lap of luxury. The view from the top of the Lighthouse is breathtaking and a perfect place to take photographs of the harbor. You can watch a variety of sea ducks as well as seals, eagles, osprey, cormorants and a variety of sea gulls. Kingfishers fish from the lighthouse dock in August and September.
Local History: Sea Memorial & Bass Harbor Light: In Bernard village and across the harbor in village of Bass Harbor, you can bike or drive to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. And you can walk or bike to visit the Sea Memorial located at the Town Dock just a short 5 minute walk away. Bring your own or rent kayaks & bicycles and explore the harbor and nearby Bass Harbor Marsh. Acadia National Park has many miles of carriage trails that are well kept and groomed for safe and comfortable walking and bicycling for your entire family. Thurston's Wharf: Just a short walk from The Centennial House and Lighthouse is a working fishing dock and lobster pound with a restaurant above for the best lobster dinner on Mt. Desert Island!
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
About Irving Silverman, Owner
My name is Irving Silverman, and I am the owner of the Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse. I would like to introduce myself & my residential property. I am a 93 year old young philanthropist who has lived an active, purposeful life in five geographical areas (New York City, Long Island, NY, Tucson, AZ, Bernard ME. and now in a retirement community in Dedham Mass. Although I am a native New Yorker, I am really an emotional Mainer because I have happily lived with my family in Maine for over 50 years. I am a writer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and am most proud of my last and current career, which brings me to my reason for writing this introduction to my property.
I was widowed at the age of 35 with two young children. Three years later, I met and married my second wife, Nancy and together we founded the organization, 'Parents Without Partners. It was Nancy who introduced me to Maine and the start of a half century love affair with lighthouses.
Irving Silverman, Owner purchased this house in 1980
Why Irving Silverman, Owner chose Bernard
It was in 1973 that we first rented our century old Bernard home. We bought in 1980 and lovingly renovated it as our cherished Homestead. We have lived in it for over 45 summers, becoming legal Maine residents because we were charmed by the landscape and the friendliness of the community residents. Although my wife and I loved our intimacy with the water and the beauty of the working harbor, I could not have a boat because of my legal blindness. Nevertheless, we became integrated into the community and were acknowledged as respected citizens. When we learned that there were over a hundred homes in our town that were over 100 years old, including the homes on our street and our home, we organized the Centennial Club which celebrated our town's heritage. We also sponsored the creation of the Tremont Sea Memorial, which honored the memory of the 140 town residents who died at sea. It is located at the Town dock, down the street. (worth a visit).
What makes this house unique
In 1990, Nancy honored me by designing and building the Family Lighthouse, to be my 'vertical' boat. It is now a Town landmark and its historic lobster buoy wall has been photographed thousands of times. It also was seen in the movie, 'Cider House Rules'. I wrote my first book 'A Trilogy...Three Hearts...One Soul' in the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse has been a source of joy for me and my family and we are pleased to make it available to any renters of our Homestead. Upon Nancy's death in 2002, I dedicated the Lighthouse as a Wedding Chapel and I have officiated at 34 weddings in the Chapel. Most couples refer to it as the most romantic and spiritual wedding site in Maine. All fees have been donated to Hospice and other charities.
Our Homestead & Family Lighthouse is not operated as a business. All rental income is donated to charities.
Guestbook comments from the manager
"The Centennial Homestead and Family Lighthouse was truly an excellent rental. The family house is beautiful, modern, clean, and well supplied to meet a family's needs including WiFi. Everything as promised. On the front porch a glider swing gives a clear view of the garden and lobster boats coming and going in the harbor. The lighthouse across the street is another unusual and special place to watch the boats, tides, birds or just relax with quiet music. The kids liked to escape there, too. One quarter block up the street is a popular restaurant with fresh lobster noon and evening. Also a free bus runs hourly to several towns including Bar Harbor and makes many stops at Acadia National Park. I give this unique rental a top rating."